If you're not Muslim, you may have lots of seemingly un-askable questions about what it's like to wear a hijab, a traditional headscarf: Have you been coerced? Do you feel more safe with that on? Why are you trying to attract attention to your religion? Aren't you hot under there?
Thankfully, 9 women posted to the AskWomen section of reddit explaining why they wear religious garb in a time when being Muslim is highly misunderstood.
1. tamataaaa admits she wears it only out of family obligation.
2. YayCookiesForever insists that coercion isn't the only reason women wear them.
3. 5988 does not wear one despite her family's wishes, but has a deep knowledge of the culture.
4. keepcalmandrunon is a med student who wears hers at a hospital and says it hasn't slowed her down at all.
5. theskyissobluetoday explains that although sometimes people try to grab it off her head, the hijab doesn't change the way she acts.
6. By contrast, ZanimeFreak feel like it makes her more toned down so she won't stand out and invite harassment.
7. summerproject16 made a conscious decision to start wearing one once she became an adult, and continues to wear it despite fears it will cause someone will attack her.
9. OfficialUSA is answering for her friend, who wears a niqab, which covers the face, leaving only room for the eyes to see through.
Bonus answer from animflynny2012, an atheist man who is dating a Muslim woman.
It's great he doesn't question her choice in wearing that scarf, but is it wrong to question her choice in dating a much dumber dude? Get out there, girl!